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14 solar water features for your garden this spring

Sprucing up your garden is always time well spent and investing in a solar powered water feature is a good place to start. Not only will it help carve out a calming spot to enjoy your morning coffee or latest read, it also serves as a charming focal point in your outdoor space.

Once your garden furniture is sorted, an attractive fountain can really help to finish off your outside scheme nicely, adding a tranquil ambiance to your patio or lawn. There’s the additional benefit of the soothing sound of trickling water, too.

As well as looking lovely, investing in a water feature is good news for the local wildlife. Bringing a water source into your garden can help attract birds, providing the perfect pit stop for them to drink and bathe on a hot day.

As they don’t use electricity, solar powered water features are good eco-friendly alternatives to mains-powered options, too.

So, how do solar water features work?

Solar water features draw power from sunlight via solar panels, which are either on the fountain itself or separated from it using a cable. Separated solar panels allow you to put the water feature where you like, as long as the panels are in direct sunlight. Fountains with panels attached must be placed in the sunniest spot in your garden.

Do solar water features work at night?

Really, it depends on the design of the water feature. Some come with a rechargeable solar panel, helping water to flow whether the sun is shining or not. But others will only be able to run while the sun is out and for a short amount of time once it has gone dark.

Why might a solar water feature not work?

There are two main reasons for a solar water feature not working properly. Firstly, it might not be getting enough sunlight and, in this case, should be moved to a sunnier spot. Secondly, the pump might need a clean due to a build-up of sediment in the water.

Choosing the best solar water feature for you

No matter your garden scheme, there are plenty of lovely solar water features to choose from. For big spaces, an extravagant multi-tiered sculpture will bring a regal touch to your patio area. For a smaller garden, there are lots of petite options that can be nestled among the plants on your rockery. Or, go for an elegant wall-mounted feature to utilise your available space most effectively and leave more room for your bistro set.

We’ve found a mix of contemporary and classic water features. Stylish sphere-shaped designs are a great option for modern interior fans, while a traditional bird bath will help create a quiet spot for local wildlife to enjoy. A pretty sculpture, like this wholesome display of young children and their puppy, will give your garden some character.

Here are our favourite solar water features to help create a tranquil outside area for spring 2022.

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